Meet the Stars of Broadway's 2013 Spring Season
Highlights include photos of the casts of The Assembled Parties, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Peter and the Starcatcher, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and Kinky Boots.
The stars of Broadway and off-Broadway's spring 2013 season are meeting the press this week, and TheaterMania is here to bring you full photo coverage.
First up are the cast and creative team of Richard Greenberg's The Assembled Parties, a Manhattan Theatre Club production beginning March 21 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Tony and Emmy Award winner Judith Light (Other Desert Cities) and Tony nominee Jessica Hecht (A View from the Bridge) lead the cast of the time-jumping drama as a pair of sisters-in-law settling down for a holiday dinner when an unexpected houseguest (played by Clybourne Park Tony nominee Jeremy Shamos) insinuates himself into the proceedings. Twenty years later, their seemingly perfect life is starting to crumble. Directed by MTC artistic director Lynne Meadow, the production also features Mark Blum (The Good Mother), Lauren Blumenfeld (We Are Proud to Present a Presentation…), Alex Dreier (Billy Elliot), Jake Silbermann (As the World Turns), and Jonathan Walker (The Divine Sister).
Next up is the family of The Call, an off-Broadway co-production of Playwrights Horizons and Primary Stages. Tanya Barfield's new play, directed by Leigh Silverman and running at Playwrights' Peter Jay Sharp Theater beginning March 22, stars Tony nominee Kerry Butler (Gore Vidal's The Best Man) and Kelly AuCoin (Happy Now?) as a couple that most confront their identities and prejudices as they begin the process of adopting a child from Africa. The cast also includes Eisa Davis (Passing Strange), Crystal A. Dickinson (Clybourne Park), and Russell G. Jones (Ruined).
The cast of Breakfast at Tiffany's met the press on Wednesday, February 27 in the Royal Suite at the Carlyle Hotel. Game of Thrones cast member Emilia Clarke leads the company as the iconic Holly Golightly in Richard Greenberg's new adaptation of Truman Capote's classic novella. Joining Clarke are Cory Michael Smith (The Whale) as Fred, George Wendt (Elf) as Joe Bell, Eddie Korbich (A Christmas Story), Paolo Montalban (Pacific Overtures), Suzanne Bertish (Wit), Lee Wilkof (Kiss Me, Kate), Murphy Guyer (Glengarry Glen Ross), Kate Cullen Roberts (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), John Rothman (Relatively Speaking), Danny Binstock (High School Musical), Tony Torn (The Forest), James Yaegashi (Take Me Out), Elisabeth Anthony Gray, and Pedro Carmo. Sean Mathias (Waiting for Godot) directs the production, which begins at the Cort Theatre on March 4.
The off-Broadway production of Peter and the Starcatcher held its press day on Wednesday, February 27 at their rehearsal hall, Gibney Dance Studios. Inspired by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson's prequel to Peter Pan, the play, written by Rick Elice and co-directed by Roger Rees and Alex Timbers, stars original Broadway cast members Rick Holmes, Kevin Del Aguila, Matt D'Amico, Evan Harrington, and Jason Ralph, along with Nicole Lowrance (Dividing the Estate), Edward Baker-Duly (The Wizard of Oz), Josh Grisett (Rent), Alex Hernandez (Richard III), Jon Patrick Walker (High Fidelity), Jose Restrepo (Grease), Nate Miller, Andrew Mueller, Jordan Geiger, Joanna Howard, and Graham Stevens. The production begins performances March 18 at New World Stages.
The upcoming Broadway transfer of Christopher Durang's comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike held its press junket on Thursday, February 28. Directed by Nicholas Martin, Durang's comedy, which transfers to Broadway after acclaimed runs at the McCarter Theatre and Lincoln Center Theater, mashes up the plays of Anton Chekhov and plops them into 21st Century farm house in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where the life of lonely siblings Vanya and Sonia (David Hyde Pierce and Kristine Nielsen) is suddenly thrown into a tail spin by a visit from their movie star sister Masha (Sigourney Weaver) and her hunky boy toy, Spike (Billy Magnussen). A pretty young stranger from next door (Genevieve Angelson) and a soothsaying cleaning lady (Shalita Grant) only complicate matters. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike begins previews at the John Golden Theatre on March 5.
Broadway's Kinky Boots offered the press a sneak peek at the new Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein musical with a special performance and press conference at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on February 28. The cast, led by Stark Sands (American Idiot), Billy Porter (Angels in America), and Annaleigh Ashford (Rent), took a break from their tech rehearsals to perform songs from the new musical, including "Sex is in the Heel," followed by a question and answer session with Lauper, Fierstein, director Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde), and the design team. Inspired by the popular 2005 British film about a failing shoe factory and the drag queen whose inspiration helped turn it around, Kinky Boots begins at the Hirschfeld on March 3. The musical is based on a true story.